Both teams emerged victorious from their respective Game 7s and now will play in the final series of the season, beginning Tuesday evening.
The Dodgers are the -200 favorite to win the World Series, which implies oddsmakers give Los Angeles a two-in-three chance of winning the whole shebang. The Dodgers have been heavy favorites in years past but have been unable to seal the deal. Will the Dodgers finally be able to get the job done?
The Rays are listed at +160 to win the World Series, meaning a $100 bet would payout $265 if the Rays pull off the upset.
While the Dodgers roster is more talented on paper, the Rays have proven to be a scrappy bunch capable of beating some of the sport’s best teams using their unconventional playstyle. Tampa Bay is notorious for using an “opener” and deploying numerous relief pitchers to get through ballgames instead of using a traditional starting pitcher. The trend has caught on, with teams around the league deploying similar strategies in recent years.
The Dodgers used this style to win Game 7 of the NLCS versus the Atlanta Braves, starting pitcher Dustin May and using a slew of arms behind him to earn the victory, including Julio Urías who closed the game with three consecutive lockdown innings.
Expect to see some funky things take place on the diamond throughout the World Series.
These two teams are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to payroll. The Dodgers had the highest payroll amongst National League teams this season, whereas the Rays had the second-lowest in the American League.
With an Opening Day payroll of $28,290,689, the Rays managed to win 40 of 60 games to claim the AL East crown. On the other hand, the Dodgers had a payroll of $107,917,397 and wound up winning 43 games.
These two clubs did not play each other during the makeshift season due to scheduling changes to accommodate teams through the COVID-19 pandemic, so Game 1 is sure to be interesting as both teams feel each other out.
Additionally, postseason scheduling is different this year as games are played in succession as opposed to having off days in between games. This rewards teams with bench and pitching depth, two areas the Dodgers and Rays are both strong in. The series will also be played in a neutral site at Globe Life Field, which takes away any home-field advantage in a traditional sense. That said, the Dodgers have been playing their games in Texas, so they have some familiarity with the ballpark as opposed to the Rays.
This has been a season like no other, and the World Series is sure to yield some epic moments.
Let’s take a look at some notable betting stats and trends from Covers.com to get you prepared to bet the big dance.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings
- Rays are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles
- Dodgers are 1-5 in their last 6 World Series games
- Under is 6-1-1 in Dodgers last 8 games with the total set at 11.0 or higher
- Over is 6-1 in Dodgers last 7 games with the total set at 6.5 or lower
- Under is 4-0 in Rays last 4 after allowing 2 runs or less in their previous game
- Under is 5-0 in Rays last 5 games following a win
- Under is 6-0 in Rays last 6 interleague games as an underdog
- Over is 7-0 in Rays last 7 vs. National League West
If you feel like you have a good pulse of how this series will play out, you can bet on the series’s exact outcome.
This is sure to be a great series between two teams with totally different backgrounds. The Dodgers are one of the most popular teams in the league and have one of the most prominent fan bases in all of sports. The Dodgers are a legacy franchise and have been the best overall team in the National League over the last decade.
The Rays are known for their low payroll, lack of superstar talent and weak fan base. In recent years, there have even been talks about moving the team to Montreal to revive the Expos franchise, given how poorly the Rays draw locally. Nonetheless, skipper Kevin Cash has his team in the World Series, and they are out to prove something, even if it seems the general population does not care.
Good luck and happy betting!